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Junior Newsletter 19 October 2018

Dear Parents and girls

It feels to have been an extraordinarily busy week in the Junior School, with our front doors and excellent catering team working particularly hard! We have welcomed parents, grandparents and carers for a class assembly, all parents for teacher meetings over two evenings, Swap Shop, FoNHS, several prospective pupils and their families for tours and all the helpers and attendees for this evening’s Halloween extravaganza.

This hasn’t slowed down the day-to-day activities and learning, however, and the girls have been as industrious as ever. Their class activities and comments on the week can be seen below, but the times spent together are particularly special, too. This week we gathered for singing practice on Tuesday and our weekly celebration of achievement on Friday. Our other assemblies have given us plenty to think about, too:

On Monday we concentrated on last week’s International Day of the Girl Child, and this year’s theme of ‘entrepreneurship’ and ‘tools for the job’. We saw an interview with a female entrepreneur who recognised that her dyslexia had helped her to become as successful as she had by embracing and concentrating on her particular strengths and skills rather than allowing herself to be dragged down by her perceived difficulties. We talked about personal skills, strengths and opportunities and the girls returned to class to write about ‘The best thing about being a girl at Northampton High School’ in the context of the assembly.

On Wednesday, Year 3 introduced us to their ‘classroom rules’ and shared with us the importance of following them. They also enacted the story of ‘The Emperor’s Seed’, teaching us about the importance of integrity and courage and that doing the right thing makes you a stronger person and a better leader.

Thursday’s Class Assembly gave Mrs Shaw the opportunity to talk to the older girls about the Childnet Digital Leader programme, introducing them to the scheme and encouraging them to apply to join her training sessions after half term. Meanwhile, Reception-Year 3 heard from Mrs Sinclair about the importance of looking after their teeth. Armed with an enormous set of teeth and a toothbrush, some top tips and a song, Mrs Sinclair ended her assembly by giving out some free toothbrushes and toothpaste with which the girls could put into action what they had learned.

With so much going on it has been hard to find evidence of tiredness (in the girls, at least!), but it must be there and everyone needs and thoroughly deserves the two-week break. When we reconvene it will be ‘Bonfire Night’, the clocks will have gone back and autumn will be well-and-truly upon us. Please may I remind you, therefore, that the girls should return in their ‘winter’ uniform and be appropriately clad for colder and wetter playtimes. More care will be needed in the car park, too, especially at the end of the school day. On this subject, and returning to my opening remarks on the pleasures of having visitors, may I kindly ask that you keep disabled parking bays free for those that need them for mobility reasons, so that we may remain as inclusive as possible when welcoming visitors.

I would like to thank staff, students and parents for their hard work and teamwork over the past few weeks, and I wish everyone a happy and relaxing holiday.

Caroline Petryszak

Interim Head of Junior School

Mrs Petryszak's availability

Mrs Petryszak’s days on site will vary this half-term in order to align with school activities and events:

w/c 5 Nov: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

w/c 12 Nov: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday

w/c 19 Nov: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

w/c 26 Nov: Monday/Tuesday/Friday

w/c 3 Dec: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

w/c 10 Dec: Monday/Tuesday/Friday

She is, however, contactable on or via the school office on any day of the working week.


Each week in Friday’s assembly, girls are invited to share their achievements in activities outside of school. They are listed below for this week:

Frankie Beale came 2nd in tournament

Gabriella Moffat achieved her Red Belt

Leilana Patel

Harriet Brown

General messages


Class Assemblies are held in the Junior School hall at 8.35 am on Wednesdays and parents are most welcome to enjoy refreshments from 8.00 am.  Here are the dates for this term:

Year 2 – 14 November
Year 5N – 28 November
Year 5H – 5 December
Year 1 – 12 December

Dates for the diary

Tuesday 6 November: Individual school photographs

Wednesday to Friday 7-9 November:  Y5 residential trip to Grafham Water

Monday to Thursday 12-15 November:  Book Fair

Friday 23 November:  Flu vaccinations for Reception to Year 5

School uniform

From next half term, week commencing Monday 5 November, please make sure that your daughter is wearing the winter uniform, especially for the photographs to be taken on Tuesday 6 November.

Saturday Art Workshop

Half Term Art Workshop and Saturday morning Art Classes at Northampton High School, Wake Wing Art Room.

Friday 26 October 9.30 am – 11.30 am – £15 – ‘Patterned Landscapes’
Saturday 10 and 17  November 9.30 am – 11.30 am – £30 for both days

Suitable for 7 – 13 year olds

For details about any of the workshops and to book a place contact Emma at /07570772334

Bonfire Night Lunch Menu 5 November 2018

Fiery Tomato Soup served with Fresh Artisan Breads


Spicy Minced Beef Chilli served with Steamed Rice and Tortilla Chips

Bangers in a Roll served with Jacket Wedge Potatoes and Baked Beans

*Roasted Vegetable Catherine Wheel served with Jacket Wedge Potatoes and Baked Beans

Salad Bar: Toasted Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed and Feta Cheese Salad, Houmous with Sliced Peppers and a Selection of Basic and Composite Salads


Multi-coloured Campfire Cake with Sprinkles and Popping Candy


On 12 October the U9 A and B teams played in a hockey festival with Broughton Manor and Akeley Wood. All teams had so much fun playing. There was excellent tackling, passing and scoring from all teams and the girls enjoyed the atmosphere with so many spectators cheering them on.

MVP’s were decided by the staff and for Northampton’s teams were Francesca Beale and Natalie Steer.

Photos in Flickr

To view the Flickr photo albums please click here:

Our week


Kipper Room

In Kipper Room this week we have been enjoying learning our colours with a variety of toys including the keys, the bags and matching items and the coloured links. The girls have liked practicing their mark making skills on the whiteboard and then this was extended to using paint pens on a metallic background.

Elmer Room

In Elmer Room this week we have been matching pictures of body parts to large chalk figures and practising our cutting, number and name writing skills. At Forest School the girls used Apple corers to core apples which they then threaded onto string and hung up in the trees for the birds to eat. They were also interested in looking at the very large mushrooms.

After the half term holiday we will begin our new topic looking at Autumn, colours, shapes and numbers.


This week we have been thinking about different ways of making 6, the hexagon shape and the colour purple. Our letter sounds have been u, b, f & e. The girls enjoyed going on a sound walk around the school, to find out what they could hear.
We hope that you all have an enjoyable and restful break from school. All the girls have settled so well in to the Reception class and have learnt many different things, a very positive start!

Year 1

What a week! Year One have been busy applying number and place value skills to some very tricky and Halloween inspired maths challenges. We have also written our own adventure stories with Paddington Bear as the star character. The fire engine’s that we designed and built with moving wheels are finally complete and will be on display soon in the Junior School foyer soon, so keep a look out!

Year 2

We have had a busy week in Year 2 this week. We have continued our learning in Maths looking at addition and subtraction.  In English we have been writing some poetry about Autumn following our Autumn walk last week and in DT we have been putting the finishing touches to our fire engines!

“I’ve had fun in Maths doing lots of number work with Ishani. We worked so hard, Miss Scott-Evans gave us a house point!” Jessica

“I’ve enjoyed Maths too and playing number games with my partner to practice our learning.”  Harriet

“In DT, I have liked making my fire engine. It has been fun and the wheels really work!”  Zoe

Year 3

“I liked having henna put on my hand by Mrs Shah”.  Esme

“I loved the Indian dancing in Humanities.”  Mary-Anne

Remember to practise telling the time, learn your spellings and 9 times table. Also, do lots of reading and enjoy your half term break. Mrs Dadge

Year 4

“I liked reading through the Christmas play. I also liked using Snowflake on the interactive board.”  Sophia

“My highlight is the hockey match. We came second overall.”  Gaby

Year 5

Save the date: Hobbies Morning 22 November. Come in and hear your daughter speak about her hobby or interest and visit her stand. More details to follow.

“Doing chunking division in Maths. Learning new ways to answer questions. Making fun, creative posters for ‘Zerohunger’ in Enrichment.” Sophia 5N

“My favourite thing was RE on Thursday because we got to do a colourful spider diagram about Christianity.” Hania 5N

“In Maths we were doing the triangle method to find out families for multiplication and division… it was really cool because each triangle had all the numbers on it. For example, 7 x 6 = 42 and 42 would be at the top of the triangle. In Enrichment we were making posters for World Food Day. The theme this year is ‘Zero Hunger’ because they want to make sure that everyone gets enough food. We were thinking about what some people do, like taking a lot of food and then not eating it, and that food goes to waste. My poster was about not killing sea life because if we keep eating all the fish and squid and other animals that live in the sea we are going to kill them all and they’ll become extinct.”  Sherain

“Doing chunking division in Maths. Learning new ways to answer questions. Making fun, creative posters for ‘Zerohunger’ in Enrichment.”  Sophia

“My favourite thing was RE on Thursday because we got to do a colourful spider diagram about Christianity.”  Hania

Year 6

This week has been extremely busy for Year 6.

We have edited and redrafted the first part of our creative writing on our mythical creature, debated in Humanities, investigated interdependence in Science, challenged ourselves with long division and decimal remainders and finalised our cushion designs in DT!

Manha Kamath, Maisie Bullock
House Captain Demeter, Vice House Captain Demeter

“I have really enjoyed creating mixed media collages using material, newspaper and paint!”  Phoebe

“In music we watched a musical version of Peter and the Wolf- it showed us how instruments can represent different animals.”  Ashana

“I really enjoyed learning how to do kind division with a decimal remainder!”  Isobel

“I have really enjoyed designing my cushion and I cannot wait to make it!”  Maisie

“I am very pleased with the effective language devices I have used to create my mythical creature!”  Eryn

“I really enjoyed debating in Humanities this week because we could use our historical research to argue whether it was better for girls to live in Sparta than Athens!”  Manha

GAP Club

The girls in GAP Club have been busy being creative with recyclable materials and continuing making their fruit bowl. The younger girls have been enjoying paper craft, painting with cotton buds and playing outside with their friends.

“The sandwich competition with Mrs Long.”  Charlotte, Year 5

“The paper birds with Mrs.Long”.  Harini, Year 2

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